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Camden native earns prestigious award

Posted: October 1, 2010 9:50 a.m.
Updated: September 29, 2010 9:45 a.m.
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Claire Bryant

Claire Bryant, a Camden native, was named the recipient of the 2010 Robert Sherman - McGraw Hill Award for Music Education and Community Outreach during the Gina Bachauer Concert in Juilliard's Paul Hall in New York on Sept. 22.

In addition, she was also invited to be the featured guest on Robert Sherman’s program, “McGraw-Hill Companies Young Artists Showcase”, which was prerecorded the WQXR studios.

This hour-long program will air tonight at 9.

“The program will combine interviews and performance, with four of my good friends and colleagues, who were part of the inaugural season (2009/10) of the community residency project entitled ‘Claire Bryant and Friends,’” Bryant said.

During the program, Bryant will discuss the award and her innovative performance and arts advocacy approach, as well as play cello works by Prokofiev, Hakkala and Brahms. Much of the discussion will be focused on Bryant's in-depth work in Camden and Aiken.

Bryant enjoys an active and diverse career as a performer of chamber music, contemporary music and solo cello repertoire, and she is a committed educator and arts advocate. As a chamber musician she has participated in Yellow Barn Festival, Spoleto, USA, Portland Chamber Music Festival, Juilliard in Aiken Festival, and has performed in Tokyo and São Paulo.

In 2006, Bryant was the first cellist selected by The Academy: A Program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute, a two-year fellowship program for young professional musicians focused on performance, teaching, and community engagement. During her tenure at The Academy, she co-founded The Children’s Music Campaign NYC.

Last year, Bryant founded a community residency project through chamber music in her native South Carolina called Claire Bryant and Friends. This endeavor brings some of New York’s most accomplished young artists to communities for teaching and performing in the public schools, advocacy forums for arts education, and multiple performances in diverse and innovative venues.

Ms. Bryant is a graduate of The Juilliard School and The San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where her primary teachers were Bonnie Hampton and Joel Krosnick. She currently serves as assistant faculty of cello at The Juilliard School.

“Claire Bryant and Friends” returns to South Carolina Oct. 17-30. Additional information available at www.clairebryant.com.

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